Friday, April 16, 2010

The mood in Gaza

The British weekly Economist reports that the mood in Gaza sobered up after last year's conflict, when residents realized that (1) more Gazans than Israelis have died from missile attacks, due to premature explosions and (2) when the Israelis attack, the Hamas leaders tend to decamp, leaving the Palestinian civilians they have used as human shields in the firing line.

The Economist seems to suggest that the growing disillusionment will cause Hamas to moderate its policies. I dunno about that; Hamas is busy right now executing Palestinians it accuses of collaborating with Israel. Hamas leaders may have become more cautious, given the accuracy of Israeli strikes against them, but it's hard to imagine them changing their stripes. (Thanks to Daily Alert.)

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